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Accepted debian-policy (source all) into unstable

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Format: 1.8
Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2017 19:27:48 -0700
Source: debian-policy
Binary: debian-policy
Architecture: source all
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: low
Maintainer: Debian Policy List <>
Changed-By: Russ Allbery <>
 debian-policy - Debian Policy Manual and related documents
Closes: 175064 181123 568374 688220 698012 700532 734662 746514 759186 759492 768117 768292 781654 792853 793493 793999 794902 798309 809382 816249 816515 819660 820197 821365 821859 822059 823348 823910 824922 829367 830989 833177 835490 835876 841877 849483 850646 852314
 debian-policy ( unstable; urgency=low
   * Upload to unstable.
   * Clarify the conflict policy between /path and /usr/path by adding the
     leading slash in front of the first path.  Thanks, Ferenc Wágner.
   * Change http URLs to https for every resource available over https.
   * Replace broken CPAN URL in the Perl policy with the current URL, and
     turn this into an in-line link rather than a footnote with the full
     URL.  This hides the URL in the text output, but it's not horribly
     important for the text version and easy to find with a search.
   * Fix formatting of the list of shlibs and symbol file locations.  These
     were mistakenly converted to itemized lists instead of variable lists
     during the DocBook conversion, which produced inferior output.
   * Use UTF-8 instead of ISO-8859-1 as the character set for the text
     versions of policy documents.
   * Further standardize author and copyright notices.
     - Add the notice from the main document that the copyright notices are
       incomplete to the other documents with copyright notices.
     - Add the Debian Policy Mailing List as an author of the debconf
     - Replace (incorrect) Software in the Public Interest copyrights with
       copyright notices for the original authors.
     - Standardize capitalization of Debian Policy Mailing List in notices.
     - Update copyright notices in debian/copyright.
   * Add a full copy of the BSD license without advertising clause to the
     <legalinfo> section of the debconf specification, instead of just a
     reference to it.
   * Update the GPL license statements to the current recommended form,
     which doesn't include a street address for the FSF.  Use all-caps for
     the warranty disclaimer just in case it matters.  Link to the general
     FSF license page to make it easier to find the GPLv2, which is
     technically the license under which these documents are distributed,
     even if the GPLv3 may be used if desired.
   * Completely rewrite the build system to use debhelper.
     - Remove all hand-rolled package build rules and let debhelper do the
       package construction.
     - Remove gzip compression from the main build and let debhelper handle
       compression of text files.  This allows debhelper to control the
       gzip flags and do whatever is correct for reproducible builds.
     - The top-level Makefile now has conventional all and install targets
       that build all documents and would install them (not that anyone is
       likely to use the install target other than the packaging).
     - Get the document publication dates from debian/changelog instead of
       the current date for more reproducible builds.
     - Do xmllint validation of the copyright-format and debconf
       specification documents as well.
     - Remove a bunch of old leftovers from the clean and distclean targets
       and make distclean identical to clean.  Stop cleaning editor
       autosave files and patch droppings (this can be destructive).
     - Move all doc-base files into the debian packaging directory.
   * Restructure the command list in the debconf specification document to
     pass xmllint, which didn't like including the body of an itemizedlist
     as an XML entity.
   * Add missing release date to the 4.0.0 upgrading-checklist entry.
   * Fix tools/policy-bug-report to not fail when bug lists are empty and
     to ignore closed bugs.
   * Don't delete virtual-package-names-list.txt during make distclean.
   * Make distclean depend on clean to remove stamp-* files.
   * Update Standards-Version of the debian-policy package itself.
 debian-policy ( experimental; urgency=low
   [ Andreas Barth ]
   * Policy: Add the MPLs to /usr/share/common-licenses
     Wording: Charles Plessy <>
     Seconded: Russ Allbery <>
     Seconded: Andrey Rahmatullin <>
     Closes: #768292
   * Policy: [5.6.12] forbid colons in package version numbers
     Wording: Charles Plessy <>
     Seconded: Didier 'OdyX' Raboud <>
     Seconded: Sam Hartman <>
     Thanks: Jakub Wilk <>
     Closes: #792853
   * Policy: [4.3] Update config.guess and config.sub during the build
     Wording:  Bill Allombert <>
     Seconded: Niels Thykier <>
     Seconded: Andreas Barth <>
     Closes: #746514
   * Spelling fixes, thanks to Martin A. Brown. Closes: #820197
   [ Russ Allbery ]
   * Policy: [10.9] Don't contact base-passwd maintainer for dynamic users
     Wording: Colin Watson <>
     Seconded: Russ Allbery <>
     Seconded: Didier 'OdyX' Raboud <>
     Seconded: gregor herrmann <>
     Closes: #841877
   * Policy: Document Build-Depends-Arch and Build-Conflicts-Arch
     Wording: Johannes Schauer <>
     Seconded: Stuart Prescott <>
     Seconded: Russ Allbery <>
     Closes: #823910
   * Policy: Add nodoc tag to DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS
     Wording: Russ Allbery <>
     Seconded: Johannes Schauer <>
     Seconded: Charles Plessy <>
     Seconded: Andrey Rahmatullin <>
     Closes: #759186
   * Policy: Prohibit file conflicts between /bin and /usr/bin
     Wording: Ansgar Burchardt <>
     Wording: Russ Allbery <>
     Seconded: Raphael Hertzog <>
     Seconded: Felipe Sateler <>
     Closes: #759492
   * Policy: Debug packages don't need a debian/control paragraph
     Wording: Tanguy Ortolo <>
     Seconded: Russ Allbery <>
     Seconded: Raphael Hertzog <>
     Closes: #819660
   * Policy: New dpkg-architecture flags
     Wording: Guillem Jover <>
     Seconded: Russ Allbery <>
     Seconded: Raphael Hertzog <>
     Closes: #793493
   * Policy: Remove even the fallback to calling /etc/init.d directly
     Wording: Ondřej Nový <>
     Seconded: Michael Stapelberg <>
     Seconded: Andreas Henriksson <>
     Closes: #833177
   * Policy: Limit strength of dependencies on -doc packages
     Wording: Josh Triplett <>
     Seconded: Russ Allbery <>
     Seconded: Raphael Hertzog <>
     Seconded: Niels Thykier <>
     Closes: #823348
   * Policy: Explicitly allow https form of copyright-format URL
     Wording: Russ Allbery <>
     Seconded: Andrey Rahmatullin <>
     Seconded: gregor herrmann <>
     Seconded: Didier 'OdyX' Raboud <>
     Closes: #850646
   * Policy: Recommend libraryname-dev or librarynameAPIVERSION-dev
     Wording: Ansgar Burchardt <>
     Seconded: Julien Cristau <>
     Seconded: Emilio Pozuelo Monfort <>
     Closes: #568374
   * Policy: Add optional try-restart init status, make status recommended
     Wording: Andreas Henriksson <>
     Seconded: Simon McVittie <>
     Seconded: Felipe Sateler <>
     Seconded: Ondřej Nový <>
     Closes: #181123
   * Policy: No special dependency now required for /run
     Wording: Marc Haber <>
     Seconded: Andreas Henriksson <>
     Seconded: Russ Allbery <>
     Closes: #852314
   * Policy: Update policy on /dev and device file management
     Wording: Russ Allbery <>
     Seconded: Andreas Henriksson <>
     Seconded: Simon McVittie <>
     Closes: #698012
   * Policy: Remove integration instructions for upstart
     Wording: Ansgar Burchardt <>
     Seconded: Michael Biebl <>
     Seconded: Andrey Rahmatullin <>
     Seconded: Simon McVittie <>
     Closes: #835490
   * Perl: Update module search path for multiarch support
     Wording: Dominic Hargreaves <>
     Seconded: Niko Tyni <>
     Seconded: Russ Allbery <>
     Closes: #798309
   * virtual-package-names-list: Add adventure
     Wording: Ben Finney <>
     Seconded: Russ Allbery <>
     Seconded: Niels Thykier <>
     Closes: #821859
   * virtual-package-names-list: Add httpd-wsgi3
     Wording: Bill Allombert <>
     Seconded: Brian May <>
     Seconded: Russ Allbery <>
     Closes: #768117
   * virtual-package-names-list: Add virtual-mysql-* packages
     Wording: Otto Kekäläinen <>
     Seconded: Russ Allbery <>
     Seconded: Raphael Hertzog <>
     Closes: #829367
   * Convert all remaining DebianDoc-SGML source files in the package to
     DocBook XML.  Many thanks to Osamu Aoki and Guillem Jover for lots of
     hard work on the conversion.  This was a huge conversion, so there
     will probably be some lingering formatting issues, incorrect markup,
     and less-than-ideal output.  Please report any problems as bugs.
     (Closes: #175064, #700532, #809382)
   * Additional fixes from Guillem Jover as part of the DocBook conversion:
     - Stop distributing the source SGML files as part of the installed
       package.  There doesn't seem to be any point in doing this.
     - Switch to xsltproc and dblatex instead of OpenJade.
     - Stop using tidy on the generated files since it generates larger
       files and the output from xsltproc is already compliant and fairly
     - Remove unused Build-Depends.
     - Use entities instead of literal <, >, and & characters.
     - Use <var> instead of escaped angle brackets for metavariables.
     - Use <var> instead of <em> inside <tt>.
     - Avoid slashes in section IDs.
     - Convert a comment about maintenance policy in the Menu Policy
       document to a regular paragraph in the document.
     - Replace a comment reference to the policy maintenance process with
       an actual link to
     - Remove obsolete SGML comments.
   * Move the description of < and > relations to a footnote to make
     abundantly clear that they're no longer valid relation operators in
     dependencies.  (Closes: #816515)
   * Clarify informative mentions of debian/tmp in the appendices to
     document the now-common use of debian/<pkg> instead as the temporary
     staging area.  Document that convention, instead of
     debian/tmp-something, for multi-binary packages.  Thanks, Niels
     Thykier.  (Closes: #816249)
   * Remove lingering wording that implied that build-arch and build-indep
     targets are optional.  Thanks, Ferenc Wagner, Jakub Wilk, and Charles
     Plessy.  (Closes: #793999)
   * Rather than giving the paths to the installed shlibs and symbols files
     and then saying those paths shouldn't be used, just say to use
     dpkg-query --control-show.  Recommend --control-show instead of
     --control-path, since the latter is deprecated.  Patch from Salvatore
     Bonaccorso.  (Closes: #688220)
   * Explicitly give Unicode code points in the definition of the syntax of
     Debian control files and, where appropriate, show the character.
     Patch from Ben Finney.  (Closes: #821365)
   * Remove obsolete footnote about a versioned dependency on a
     liblockfile1 release from 1999.  Thanks, Jakub Wilk.  (Closes: #794902)
   * Fix the long name of the Common Public License in the copyright-format
     policy.  It is just Common Public License, with no leading "IBM".
     Thanks, Stefano Zacchiroli.  (Closes: #781654)
   * Fix the copyright-format examples to not have duplicate License
     paragraphs.  Thanks, Stefan <>.  (Closes: #824922)
   * Replace reference to dbus-launch in the autopkgtest documentation with
     dbus-run-session.  Patch from Simon McVittie.  (Closes: #835876)
   * Add an example of an architecture restriction in a dependency with
     multiple architectures separated by spaces.  (Closes: #734662)
   * Replace use of markdown with MultiMarkdown for the autopkgtest
     documentation and convert README and Process to MultiMarkdown, thus
     dropping the last org-mode files and the build dependency on Emacs.
     Patch from Guillem Jover.  (Closes: #849483)
   * Add some additional information to the upgrading-checklist entry for
     the release.
   * Fix debian/changelog and upgrading-checklist dates for the
     release to match the actual upload.  (Closes: #822059)
   * Fix duplicated "the" words in 4.4 and  Patch from Valentin
     Samir.  (Closes: #830989)
   * Clean up the upgrading checklist a bit:
     - Rewrite the introduction to read a bit more smoothly and mention
       that the Standards-Version value omits the minor patch number.
     - Remove the minor patch number from all the version headings except
       for the anomalies that contain normative changes, and note those
     - Remove some unhelpful section headings and trailing colons in very
       old upgrading checklist entries.
     - Standardize the release date format.
   * Compress all files with gzip -n to avoid embedding timestamps,
     enabling reproducible builds.
   * Redo some of the Makefile and debian/rules dependencies to avoid
     ambiguous pattern rules and to ensure that make at the top level
     rebuilds output files if input files change.
   * Switch to https URLs for Vcs-Git and Vcs-Browser.
   * Use the same URL for both Vcs-Git and Vcs-Browser, which now works
     fine and has some advantages over the gitweb version for Vcs-Browser.
     Thanks, Mattia Rizzolo.
   * Run wrap-and-sort -ast.
   * Tag as Multi-Arch: foreign (mostly to silence the hinter).
   [ Sean Whitton ]
   * Remove references to DebianDoc-SGML from
   * Fix typo & comma splice in
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